According to sales manager Jürgen Stackmann, VW has now passed the mark of 20,000 pre-orders for the ID.3. Starting in 2020, the ID.3 will also be included in the electric car sharing service fleets at We Share.
The pre-booking phase for the ID.3 has been running since May. Within a week of the launch event in Berlin, Volkswagen had already received 15,000 reservations for its first MEB model.
“We have now exceeded 20,000 #VWID3 pre-bookings.” wrote Stackmann proudly on Twitter, since “Originally we wanted to reach 30,000 by the IAA in September.” In a recent interview he revealed that: “Every day we receive several hundred orders from Europe.” In addition, the sales director confirmed that VW is already in talks with major customers about their corporate fleets.
Volkswagen had restricted the limited special edition ID.3 1ST to 30,000 copies. In the pre-sales phase, only this special model is available at a unit price of “less than 40,000 euros”. In addition to the 1ST edition, which is delivered with the middle of the three battery options (420 km WLTP range), customers receive one year of free charging power up to a maximum of 2,000 kWh.
Eventually, three battery sizes (45, 58 and 77 kWh) are to be available, which, according to the car manufacturer, will enable ranges of 330 to 550 kilometres according to WLTP. However, these values are not yet homologated. The base price of the ID.3 series model will apparently later drop to below 30,000 euros.
Production is to begin at the end of 2019 in the factory in Zwickau, Germany, which will apparently have been converted into a pure electric power plant by then. As early as 2020, i.e. shortly after the first deliveries to customers, the ID.3 is to be included in the fleet of VW’s own electric car sharing service We Share. We Share launches at the end of June 2019 with an initial 1,500 e-Golf in Berlin.